Case of Canadian serial killer to go directly to trial

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TORONTO (AP) | An alleged serial killer who faces trial in the deaths of eight men with ties to Toronto’s gay community has waived his right to a preliminary hearing.

A judge has ordered Bruce McArthur to stand trial on eight counts of first-degree murder.

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William Vitoria’s “MAR (The Sea)” to make US film debut at Come Out With Pride

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“MAR” director William Vitoria

Come Out With Pride’s expansion to a full week of events partners Pride with QLatinx to present Reel Pride, an international film screening of the LGBTQ-themed short film, “MAR .”

“MAR” is directed by Portuguese-Canadian filmmaker William Vitoria.

“I was born in Toronto where I lived until I was seven years old, then my parents moved me to Portugal,” says Vitoria, 28. “I lived there for 14 years and moved back to Toronto.”

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More remains found near home used by Canadian serial killer

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OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) | More human remains have been discovered in the Toronto ravine behind a home that alleged serial killer Bruce McArthur used as storage for his landscaping business.

Detective Sgt. Hank Idsinga told reporters July 5 that the remains were found with the help of K-9 units and have been sent to forensic authorities.

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Joey Arrigo leads Cirque du Soleil’s VOLTA to Tampa

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Out aerialist, dancer and choreographer Joey Arrigo portrays the lead in VOLTA, Cirque du Soleil’s 41st original production, but his story with the largest theatrical producer in the world actually began at age 5 with a VHS tape.

He says he watched his parents’ VHS tape, which featured one of the company’s first shows, “so many times, not even really comprehending what it was and what it even took to get there.” More importantly, he asserts, it “sparked something in me.”

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‘A Fantastic Woman’ could lead to trans history at Oscars

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TORONTO (AP) – A transgender Chilean actress has turned in one of the most buzzed-about performances of the year and some are hoping she could be the first trans actor to land an Oscar nomination.

Daniela Vega, 28, stars in Sebastian Lelio’s “A Fantastic Woman.” She plays Marina, a transgender woman whose partner (Francisco Reyes) dies, after which Marina is subjected to harsh treatment by the family of her deceased lover and by police investing the death.

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Report: PrEP fails gay Canadian who contracts HIV

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NEW YORK — Doctors report that a gay Canadian man contracted HIV even though he had been taking daily medication to ward off infection, HealthDay News reports.

Based on a genetic analysis of the virus, it was determined that the 43-year-old Toronto resident was infected with a strain of HIV that had become resistant to the anti-HIV drug Truvada, said report author Dr. David Knox. He is a doctor with the Maple Leaf Medical Clinic in Toronto, HealthDay reports in an article that ran in U.S. News & World Report.

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Tom Hardy shuts down reporter after asked about his sexuality

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Tom Hardy and a reporter shared an awkward moment at the Toronto International Film Festival Sept. 12.

Hardy was promoting his new film Legend, where the British hunk plays both Ronnie and Reggie Kray. The Kray twins, one of whom is bisexual in the film, were notorious London gangsters.

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World Pride 2014

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Watermark photographer Nick Cardello traveled to Toronto for World Pride 2014.

The annual 10-day festival typically attracts more than 1 million visitors.

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Olympians, pro athletes march at World Pride Parade

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Toronto, Canada – Nearly three dozen Canadian Olympians and pro athletes marched in the World Pride Parade June 29 as part of the You Can Play project. It was a statement from professional sports groups in Canada that LGBT athletes are welcome in arenas and on then field.

In a press release, World Pride explained that Toronto’s professional sports teams and the Canadian Olympic Committee united behind the You Can Play Project, the premiere organization for LGBT equality in sport. Together, the organizations issued a joint statement of support for You Can Play and the ideals of LGBT inclusion in sport.

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